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Amy Winehouse - "Frank" Half Speed Mastering release


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Posted 04 September 2020 - 04:46 AM

Haven't been on in a while! With the pre-orders going out soon, I'm excited to be able to listen to it, however, I don't always carry a record player and a generator with me to be able to listen to the remaster. Will the tracks ever be released online? Have they been? I've always got a very good pair of headphones with me and I'd love to be able to listen to it without having to make it some big ritual.


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Posted 06 September 2020 - 11:37 PM

No, the Miles Showell mastering is exclusive to vinyl, just like the whole reissue series, even though the source is high resolution digital files cut to vinyl. None of them have been released digitally. There are often download codes included in the package but those are always of inferior quality, most likely the standard Tom Coyne mastering. Although I don't think anyone here except me has complained about Coyne's work. It might pop up at vinyl ripping communities.


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 05:35 AM

I might try to rip it for everyone, if it's something people would want. I don't mind doing it but I might need some help from you.


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Posted 04 January 2021 - 10:57 PM

Is it worth getting? Maybe a silly question, but is there much difference in the quality between half speed and normal version?
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Posted 05 January 2021 - 06:56 PM

Is it worth getting? Maybe a silly question, but is there much difference in the quality between half speed and normal version?

It's the best sounding version. Ignore the "half-speed" part which I view more as a marketing thing. The tonality (EQ) is more pleasant/natural. Improved dynamics. All the previous vinyl reissues were flawed from the start due to cutting a 1hr album to a single disc. All the non-vinyl issues are mastered to sound loud and bright with more of a "smiley-face" EQ profile, although I do think the strong bass (a hip-hop convention) is suitable for this album.

Miles Showell is by no means one of my favorite mastering engineers but he sure is better than Tom Coyne whos style is more suitable for dance-pop. I would have loved it if they'd hired one of the audiophile-favorites like Kevin Gray or Alan Yoshida.

 

Best sounding overall: Half-Speed

Best sounding non-vinyl: MQA encoded digital reissue [MQA is a crap pseudo-lossless format invented solely to make money (only my opinion), but it just so happens that this version has less digitally clipped peaks]


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Posted 05 January 2021 - 08:44 PM

It's the best sounding version. Ignore the "half-speed" part which I view more as a marketing thing. The tonality (EQ) is more pleasant/natural. Improved dynamics. All the previous vinyl reissues were flawed from the start due to cutting a 1hr album to a single disc. All the non-vinyl issues are mastered to sound loud and bright with more of a "smiley-face" EQ profile, although I do think the strong bass (a hip-hop convention) is suitable for this album.
Miles Showell is by no means one of my favorite mastering engineers but he sure is better than Tom Coyne who's style is more suitable for dance-pop. I would have loved it if they'd hired one of the audiophile-favorites like Kevin Gray or Alan Yoshida.
 
Best sounding overall: Half-Speed
Best sounding non-vinyl: MQA encoded digital reissue [MQA is a crap pseudo-lossless format invented solely to make money (only my opinion), but it just so happens that this version has less digitally clipped peaks]


Thank you for the detailed answer!
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